Scone Charity Rodeo celebrates 85 years in 2017
The Ausure Scone Charity Rodeo is back on Saturday May 6 with White Park in Scone once again playing host for the best rodeo in the country. In 2017 the event is celebrating its 85th year since the first rodeo was held, originally called the Scone Bushman’s Carnival. The Rodeo committee is hoping to gather stories and pictures from the last 85 years of the event to celebrate this momentous occasion and encourages past participants to get in touch with their memories of the Rodeo or Bushman’s Carnival.
“2017 is a special year for us and we will be celebrating accordingly,” said Scone Rodeo President Jade Smith. “We’re hoping to attract back to the event as many of the past participants as we possibly can. This year’s event is promising to be bigger and better than ever.”
Aiding in making this event ‘bigger and better’ is the addition of a 40sq metre ‘big screen’ that will showcase all the all the thrills and spills of the Rodeo. The screen will stream all the action from the main event and will show instant replays so the crowd will be able to see every moment in all its glory.
While promising an action packed line-up of fun, the 2017 Ausure Scone Charity Rodeo will also be raising money to support BlazeAid. BlazeAid is a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia to help rebuild fencing and structures that have been affected by natural disaster. BlazeAid are currently assisting in Cassilis and Dunedoo areas that were devastated by the destructive Sir Ivan fire that burnt through over 50,000 hectares of land and approximately 5,700 kilometres of fencing in early 2017.
“It’s just amazing how the communities in our area have banded together to help those people affected by the fires earlier in the year,” said Jade Smith. “A local farmer organised a hay run for the properties damaged by the fire and BlazeAid are doing great work to get these people back on their feet. We’re so happy that the Rodeo can also play its part by raising money to support the hardwork of the BlazeAid volunteers.”
The Ausure Scone Charity Rodeo will kick off on Friday 5th May from 4pm with the Junior Jackpot Rodeo taking place. On the Saturday the event starts at 12pm with all the action from the main event commencing at 5pm. There will be plenty of food stalls as well as live entertainment after the rodeo. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $8 for children/seniors, $35 for family passes (2 adults, 2 children).
The Scone & Upper Hunter horse Festival, which will run from the 5th to the 15th of May 2016, showcases the versatility of the horse and is sure to provide everyone with an opportunity to experience something completely different.
This year's festival is themed 'Horses go to Rio' in celebration of the 2016 Olympic Games being held in Rio de Janeiro.
With Scone known as the 'Horse Capital of Australia', the festival pays homage to all breeds of horses including thoroughbred, stock horses and draught horses as well as the men and women who breed and work with them.
One of the most striking demonstrations of the kindred of horse and man is the horse parade which is conducted on the opening Saturday of the festival. Headed by veteran horsemen, the parade is a showcase for the Upper Hunter horse world: a great family spectacle that packs the main street of Scone.
Other events throughout the festival include the festival ball, charity rodeo, sheep-dog trials, yarn's night, polo, farrier's competition, tent pegging, horse sports for schools, stud tours, yearling sale and much more.
The festival concludes with the iconic Scone Cup races, a two-day race carnival at the prestigious Scone Race Club. A multi-million dollar event that attracts over 16,000 people. The Scone Cup Carnival has grown into one of the biggest country provincial race meets on the NSW calendar.
To celebrate the end of the 10-day long festival a picnic and fireworks display is held at nearby Lake Glenbawn. This event includes games, rides and stalls that the whole family will enjoy.